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High-quality healthcare from primary to specialized medical care

The Finnish healthcare system provides comprehensive and high-quality healthcare from primary healthcare services to specialized medical care – from newborns to the elderly. In many respects, Finnish healthcare is state-of-the-art among the OECD countries. Knowledge and expertise have enabled Finland to reach a steady position as one of the wealthiest, healthiest and most prosperous countries in the world. Finland has a longer life expectancy than the EU average and is ranked as one of the leading countries in terms of quality of life, according to Eurostat.

The results achieved by Finnish healthcare are world class in many areas, for example in the effectiveness of specialized medical care, in decreasing cancer mortality, and in screening and vaccination coverage. The quick adaptation of our groundbreaking research results and use of high technology in diagnostics, care and aftercare ensure positive results in the treatment of many serious diseases. Finland also has a competent and well networked business environment. According to the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum, Finland ranks first for the availability of scientists and engineers.

High satisfaction rate and research orientation

According to international comparisons, the cost of healthcare in Finland is low compared to the rest of Europe, at approximately 9 % of GDP. Finns are also more satisfied with their health service than their European peers.

Alongside their high-quality healthcare practice, Finnish researchers continuously contribute to international medical research and towards developing innovative technologies. Clinical research is carried out in University Hospitals and in some central hospitals, as well as in public research institutes. Finnish research groups, as members of the international scientific community, have achieved many breakthroughs in diagnostics and the treatment and prevention of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and neurological conditions.

Find out more about the Finnish healthcare system with this report published by The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. A detailed information package is also available on our web page Finnish healthcare solutions.

Success stories in Finnish healthcare

The Finnish healthcare system aims to maintain and improve general wellbeing and health, functional capacity and equality in providing healthcare for all. The Finnish system is based on the prevention of illnesses, the early detection of serious disease and arranging adequate health services for everyone.

These Finnish healthcare success stories give some more insights into the national healthcare system.

Finnish maternity and child health clinic system
Finland’s maternity and child health clinic system plays a central role in providing advice and...
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School and occupational healthcare
The Finnish school health care system promotes the health and wellbeing of children in...
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Mass screening programs for cancer
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